The Anthropocene’s scientific, philosophical and cultural challenges


Anthropocene artefacts

15 hp




Whether you are a student of Art History or professional in a related field, this course provides tools for responding to the climate crisis. It has three themes: the Anthropocene as an artefact; how the production of cultural artefacts can aid sustainability; and new models, histories and analyses of art and visual artefacts for the sustainable development of art and art history.

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Work in the arts and culture or continue studying at Master’s level After studying Art History, you are prepared for work in the arts and culture sector. Potential workplaces include museums, art galleries or institutions. Other careers include writing, art criticism, publishing or curating art exhibitions. You can combine studying Art History with other subjects to broaden your competence, or choose to continue studying at Master’s level, then doctoral level, and work in research or as a teacher in higher education. After studying Art History you will have good academic writing skills, as well as having trained your ability to read and analyse critically, and to review advanced research literature. You will have practiced quickly writing and structuring text, managing sources and scholarly formalities. Outside of your working life, you also benefit from your knowledge of art that is both historical and contemporary. You will have the knowledge and ability to understand the general debate in aesthetics, thanks to your ability to critically interpret texts and images. What are former students doing now? Former students have generally followed two routes: some towards higher academic studies, at Master’s and doctoral levels, some towards work in the arts and culture sector. Former students now work in various roles in the arts world, including at galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. Others work as art critics or at publishers. Read about research in this subject
An environmental perspective on art history for a habitable planet Learn to make connections between knowledge production in the humanities and the arts and ways of approaching and dealing with the climate crisis, through solution-oriented experimentation that focuses on new models, narratives and products. Studying the Anthropocene is an interdisciplinary undertaking, with elements of the natural sciences, humanities and philosophy, as it is both a geological epoch and a historical phenomenon, which places high demands on autonomous and critical reflection upon the theories of climate change, global warming and ecological demands. This course adopts a broad approach to the field of art history, with the critical examination of measures to develop more sustainable ways of producing art/design/architecture, as well as new ways of counteracting climatic threats that have a bearing on art/design/architecture. This is a 100% remote learning course, with web-based lectures and 6–8 seminars. You will also take a local study visit to a milieu that is relevant to the theme of the course and professional life outside academia.
Are you interested in art, images and visual phenomena? At Södertörn University, Art History is integrated with multicultural perspectives and aspects of gender and class. You will look in-depth at the history of art, and to examine art from a contemporary and modern perspective. The subject has a theoretical foundation, giving you expertise in contemporary and modern Art History. Theory is intertwined with practical elements. Studying Art History involves work with various themes linked to concepts, narratives, questions and methods. Classical Art History is combined with studies of visual cultures. It includes everything from works of art to mass-produced images, architecture and design. You will also analyse Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” and reflect on the concept of a masterpiece. Art History as a subject offers interaction with external actors. Meetings with professionals in arts and culture during your studies provide broad insight into the sector. You will meet artists, experts and museum directors.